Chinese: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Grammars) (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: YIP PO- CHING
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Chinese: An Essential Grammar is a clear and concise
reference guide to modern Mandarin grammar. It presents a fresh and
accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use
in today's Chinese.
The ideal reference source for the learner and user of Chinese, the grammar
is suitable for either independent study or for students in schools. Setting
out the complexities of Chinese in short, readable sections, its
explanations are clear and free from jargon. The volume also features
copious examples to illustrate language points; a detailed contents list and
index for easy access to information; and two glossaries: one of grammatical
terms and one of Chinese characters.
About the Author
Yip Po Ching is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Don Rimmington is
Professor of East Asian Studies, both at the University of Leeds.
- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 30, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0415135354
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 4 reviews.
|14 of 17 people found the following review
I feel cheated!, December 3, 2003
This book is good, BUT having recently purchased it from Amazon for my
impending Chinese studies, I was really annoyed to see that a better
grammar book by the same author and publisher - A COMPREHENSIVE Grammar is
already available. Note the date of my review here and especially the
year. As of this time, Amazon states that the Comprehensive Grammar is
"Not yet released". If it is not yet released, then how could I have
browed through a copy at a book store in Japan only last Saturday? It is
also available through Amazon UK with a long wait. Admittedly, I checked
the date of publishing in the Comprehensive Grammar and it said "First
Published 2004"! I am in a time-warp or something? What is Routledge
playing at? The Comrehensive Grammar is considerably more substantial than
this work so I recommend that you resist the temptation to buy and put the
money towards the Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar - the book that is "not
yet published", requires a 4 to 6 week wait if you order through AmazonUK,
but is already sitting on a bookshelf in Maruzen in Nagoya just waiting to
be snapped up!
|3 of 4 people found the following review
Strongly recommended, March 10, 2003
I strongly recommend this book as a main grammar book in the learning
of Chinese. This is a watered-down beginner-lower intermediate version of
the superlative "Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar" and covers the basics.
It's just a pity that it is rather an expensive purchase.
The authors were lecturers at the University of Leeds in the UK but have
|10 of 10 people found the following review
A little more.., August 21, 2001
So far this is the only decent Mandarin grammar book I have
encountered. To add to the above review, this book also has the advantage
of having both word-for-word-literal and natural translations, so that you
can see the exact structure of the sentence, as well as the more natural
meaning. The small "dictionary" at the end of the book is not really
intended as a dictionary, but rather as a helpful list of all the words
used in the examples, along with their corresponding characters. One of
the drawbacks of this book is that there are no chinese characters except
in the reference at the end. Maybe in a future addition they could add
characters? The main difference between this book and the authors other
two books (Basic Chinese and Intermediate Chinese) is that the other two
are meant more as workbooks, with grammar lessons followed by exercises.
Also, the other two books use chinese characters throughout with parallel
pinyin. This book would make a good companion to the other two.. they're
all somewhat expensive though! But there are really no other options for
easy to understand, though thourough, grammars.
|18 of 20 people found the following review
excellent book: lots of info, clearly explained, March 25, 1999
I've bought a number of books to try to learn Chinese on my own
(well... with some help from friends, too). This is the first one I've
made it all the way through. I plan to read it a couple more times so that
I can try to learn everything in it. Part of what I like is that it is
written clearly but concisely. The book has just about the right number of
examples per point - not so many that you get bored, not so few that you
are left confused (except for a very small number of places where I would
have liked an additional example to clarify some particular detail.) The
book is well organized. It flowed smoothly so that I did not often feel
the need to jump around between sections. Finally, although the vocabulary
list at the end of the book is reasonably lengthy, it never seemed like
the vocabulary was introduced at such a rate as to bog down the learning
of grammar. I'm not sure if a revised edition has come out since the
edition I have was published, but my copy has a few typos and incorrect
tone markings which can occasionally provide a moment of puzzlement.
However, I did not find these to be a significant problem.
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